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Old 10-21-04, 09:46 AM
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How to mess with a scammer?

I placed a sale ad for my truck on Craigslist.com a few days ago. Today, I received this e-mail:

[q]Hello,

I am highly intrested in purchasing the item listed above in the subject. I will like to know it's present state of condition and so also the asking price.

Please also provide for me Name and Address that the cashiers check/money order will be made out on.contact phone number.

I will arrange with my shipper for it's shipment.

Thanks,

Autumn
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Seems suspicious, doesn't it? If I respond at all am I setting myself up for even more spam than I currently receive.
Old 10-21-04, 09:55 AM
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I agree - this doesn't look or sound like a serious inquiry. DELETE is probably your best option.
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Or just agree to it, when the cashier's check or money order is received call the issueing bank to make sure that it is really counterfeit, and call the police (or is it the FBI?).
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whats so suspicious about it?

If he is willing to buy the car with a cashiers check, just make sure it clears before you give up the car. If I was buying a car, I would arrange with a shipper to transport the car to me...

If he adds any sishy requests, then delete it, but nothing too fishy in that response other than I would want more details on his part.
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Originally posted by grrrah
whats so suspicious about it?...
Red flag # 1: Foreign (obvious from the language, plus references his "shipper")
Red flag # 2: Willing to pay full price without personally checking out the car (or having a mechanic check it)
Red flag #3: Wanting to pay with a cashier's check or money order.

First of all, I would never recommend taking a money order or cashier's check for any significant amount (say, over $20 or so) without being able to walk into the issueing bank and cash it immediately. Second, if you do ever cash a cashier's check or money order, just because the cashier says that it looks fine and the money is put into your account, it doesn't mean that the check won't bounce and the money is removed from your acount *weeks* later. It takes weeks for one to clear, not days.

This is definately a scam, the question is how to mess with them. Personally, I would play along and get the check, just to see what a fake cashier's check looks like, then pass it on the police.

The scam is not to get the car, what will happen is that the buyer will send a fake money order or cashier's check for thousands more than the selling amount, since "it was already written out for that amount for a sale that fell through". He will then ask that the seller deposit the full amount, and send him the difference via Western Union, and that the "shipper" will contact him soon to get the car (of course, the shipper never calls, the scam is to get the difference sent via Western Union).

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Maybe ask for their number and you will call them.
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Give it several days AFTER the check has been cashed...even if its verified as valid....for it to clear.

And beware if they want you to "refund" them the difference....because many scammers have the cashiers check written (fake one) written out for more.

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